Kitchens are the heart of the home. And, as a result, they must withstand a lot of heavy work and traffic. Over time, they can start to look a bit tired, old, and dated – especially as trends change. One way to breathe life into a kitchen and transform it into a fresh, new space is to change your cabinets. But what’s the best option? Should they be replaced, refaced or refurbished?
- Replacing Your Kitchen Cabinets
This is the most drastic option. It should only be considered if you want to make major changes to the design of your space. It is a good idea to replace them if they are damaged, of a very poor quality, or in the event that the carcasses (the shelving and structure) are compromised. Even though this is an expensive and time-consuming job, there are quite a few positives to this option, since you end up with exactly the design you want – no compromises anywhere!
One thing to keep in mind is that this is best done as an entire kitchen remodel. Your new cabinets are likely to be very different in size and shape to your old ones. This may affect where your appliances are positioned, your countertop size and shape, and it may influence your tiling and kitchen backsplash.
- Refacing Your Kitchen Cabinets
This is a great middle-ground option. “Refacing” means that your kitchen cabinet doors are removed and replaced with updated options. This keeps your kitchen layout and shelving intact, and can be done quickly with minimal labor and hassle. In fact, with the right planning, it’s an easy DIY project.
This is an option that works well if the walls and shelving of your cabinets are in good condition, are undamaged, and are not warped. It can be useful if you are doing a partial renovation as well, if you are making your kitchen open plan or adding in appliances.
- Repainting Your Kitchen Cabinets
This is a great, budget-friendly way to give your kitchen a facelift! You will be surprised at just how much of a difference a fresh coat of paint makes! You can choose how much of your kitchen cabinet you want to be painted – the whole carcass or just the doors – and there is a wide range of paint colors on offer. Although painting sounds like a simple job, it is recommended that this is done by a professional. Unless, of course, you have the right experience. This is because you will need to use the right type of paint, prepare the surfaces of the cabinets properly, and know how to operate a spray gun. Often, cabinets require 3 coats of paint as well as priming. However, the labor is worth the result.
This technique works best on wood, wood laminate, and even metal cabinets. Unfortunately, laminate and plastic cabinets don’t take paint well. Be sure to remove all doors and drawers, fix any cracks or signs of wear, and clean surfaces well before you start painting. One good tip is to label where each drawer door and drawer goes as you remove them, so that they can go back into the right place.
Laminate Edging Options and Countertops Add Fresh, New Life to Your Kitchen
Laminate is one of the most affordable and effective ways to revitalize your kitchen – it is the perfect complement to your new or refurbished cabinets. Using the latest in technological innovations, laminate delivers an effective and stylish result. At Kuehn Bevel, we use our expertise as America’s leading manufacturer of countertop edge products to add additional durability and style to your countertops. We work with all the top names in the world of laminate, from Formica to Wilsonart, and offer a wide range of customizable styles including beveled edge laminate countertop options.
For more information about our products please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com , or you can speak with the friendly sales staff at your local installers.